New study reveals who uses e-cigarettesUPDATED 10:54 PM HST Jul 22, 2013Video Transcript
A new study at UH is shedding some light on who's using e- cigarettes... Are they the ones who have been smoking a lifetime? Or fairly new smokers? Despite the study, there are still questions about how effective they are ... Smokers have found a new way to LIGHT UP, but just how many people who are hooked on cigarettes are trying the new E-cigarettes? HERZOG 35:42 THESE ARE SMOKERS WHO ARE SERIOUS ABOUT QUITTING AND TYING ANTHING THAT MIGHT WORK FOR THEM," Researchers at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center have found 13 percent of smokers in Hawaii have tried e-cigarettes to try to quit smoking. HERZOG: 34:34 "PEOPLE WHO ARE USING ECIGARRETTE S ARE SERIOUS ABOUT QUITTING .. MOTIVATED.. TEND TO BE SAME AS PEOPLE WHO USE ALSO NICOTTINE PATCH AND GUM TO QUIT ... AND FIND THEY'RE EVEN MORE MOTIVATED THAN PEOPLE WHO JUST USE NICOTTINE PATCH AND GUM" The study also found smokers who tried e-cigarettes were younger.... and had been smoking for fewer years compared to other smokers. But it did NOT address how effective or safe these e- cigarettes are. HERZOG 36:10 THE FACT PEOPLE ARE USING THEM TO QUIT SMOKING TELLS US WE REALLY NEDDX TO STUDY E-CIGS MORE CAREFULLY AS POSSIBLE TOOL TO QUIT SMOKING.. DON'T KNOW YET HOW EFFECTIVE IT IS, AND ITS SAFETY," Next up, Researchers will add 500 more people to its current study of 1500 ... To study what percentage of smokers QUIT...after using e- cigarettes. The study also found that Native Hawaiians were significantly less likely to use e-cigarettes than caucasians.